Thank you, I now have Boinc running on my computer.
I think this, for me, highlights the problems for a Newbie to any version of Linux. All the information is so fragmented, which even the "Dummies" books haven't yet cured. Perhaps sites like Boinc (http://boinc.berkeley.edu/
) could learn from this and put up an "idiots guide" to install their program.
Let's face it, this is how Microsoft took over the majority of the PC market, their products were of dubious quality but, you didn't need to be an expert. I know some Linux users frown upon dumbing down, but, with so many distributions, there is room enough for all tastes. Like me, (or as I was), there must be many wanting to jump the Microsoft ship and all they need is the reassurance they don't need to be highly qualified in computer sciences to take a leap into Linux and all the new strange words.
All I know, since Microsoft wanted to charge me over sixty pounds (UK) to use the copy of Xp I had already bought from them, I had 30 days to jump! Evidently, I had loaded it on to my computer too many times, (in my earlier experiments with Linux making rubbish of the windows boot, etc.), and my copy failed to authenticate.
Anyway, I'm now liberated, running SUSE 10.3 64 bit on my AMD 4600 box and virtually doing everything I used to do in my windows days. Yes, there were fraught moments with screen resolutions, getting my Epson SC760 working properly with graphics plus many hours doing Google searches and reading books however, I'm nearly there. Just the Benq 5000E scanner to work on, getting it to talk to sane. Hopefully I will crack it before I go insane! (Sorry, this must have been cracked so many times before but then, it is almost written for Linux.)
On the very positive side, I now have faster boot up, programs running quicker and, to save energy, faster shut down than the same computer running Windows Xp SR2. And all for the cost of a few books and a bit of time.
Again, thank you. And thank you to all the giants, upon who's shoulders I'm now standing.